Maintaining an active lifestyle is a huge part of your experience at UW-Eau Claire. Seventy-five percent (no kidding!) of the students here are involved in some kind of recreational activity –whether indoor or outdoor, spring or fall. Recreation and Sport Operations gives you a lot of options to stay active, including great facilities and equipment and programming to support maintaining a healthy lifestyle throughout your college years.
UWEC’s fitness facilities cater to all your needs. Located in the McPhee Physical Education Center on upper campus, the McPhee Strength and Performance Center is home to 55 pieces of weight training equipment and 36 cardiovascular units. Is your residence hall located on upper campus? Our second fitness facility, the Crest Fitness Center, is located in the Crest Wellness Building. The center features a contemporary atmosphere, a scenic view overlooking the Chippewa Valley, five flat screen TVs, free weight and cardio rooms, locker and shower facilities and a massage room. Both McPhee and Crest provide any fitness enthusiast with ample offerings for the ultimate workout. In addition, Hilltop Recreation Center is available for you and your friends, where you will find the Environmental Adventure Center and Billiards Center.
In addition to the main locations of McPhee and Crest, we now have two studios in Hilltop, one for general purpose and one for cycling. AND we have a brand new bouldering wall.
Massage therapy services are also available on campus, at the Crest Wellness Center, so when you need a little muscle relief from all that exercise, or just a relaxing treat for yourself during exam times or finals, we've got your back. . . no pun intended.
The Freshman Connection is a 6-day, one-credit educational experience designed to help you make a smooth transition to college life while developing your leadership potential. During the program, you will create lasting relationships with future classmates, gain self-awareness, and develop a proactive approach to life. To register and for more information, visit freshman connection.
Are you looking to get involved on campus? Joining intramural sports teams is a great way to meet new people, to stay active on campus, and to have a bit of fun. UWEC offers sporting options for all skill levels and interests, with options for men, women and co-recreational competition.
- Bag Toss
- Flag football
- Ice hockey
- Indoor and outdoor soccer
- Indoor and Sand volleyball
- Ultimate Frisbee
In addition to intramural sports teams, we also organize The Sports Club Program to give you additional opportunities to participate in activities you may be interested in without the intercollegiate competition.
- Cheerleaders and Stuntmen
- Cross Country Ski Team
- Dance Team
- Eau Claire Dodgeball
- Figure Skating
- Hwa Rang Do Tae Soo Do
- Men's Hockey
- Men's Lacrosse
- Men's Rugby
- Men's Soccer
- Men's Ultimate Frisbee
- Men's Volleyball
- Mixed Martial Arts
- Table Tennis Club
- Triathlon Club
- Two to Tango
- Waterski/Wakeboard Club
- Women’s Hockey
- Women’s Soccer
- Women's Lacrosse
- Women's Rugby
- Women's Ultimate Frisbee
- Women's Volleyball
Looking for a good workout? We offer around 50 classes a week, and all are free for students with Blugold ID. Here are just a few examples of recent classes:
- Barre Fit
- Boot Camp
- Strength + Tone
Environmental Adventure Center
The Environmental Adventure Center strives to give Blugolds unconventional ways to get outdoors and to stay active. That’s why we offer new and exciting resources for you to enjoy.
One of the coolest offerings from Recreation and Athletic Facilities is the trips programming that takes place each semester. These excursions provide unique opportunities to enjoy and/or learn new activities at a cost that makes them hard to resist! All needed equipment and most food is included in the cost. Here are a few examples of trips we have offered:
- Ice climbing in Duluth, MN
- Cross-country ski trip, Eau Claire country
- Ice climbing, Sandstone, MN
- Rock climbing, Devils Lake, WI
- Climbing in Horseshoe Canyon (advanced)
- Hiking and climbing in Utah
Our indoor archery range is designed to give students, faculty and staff the opportunity to be introduced to the sport of archery. For a membership fee students can use the equipment, range, lessons and store your bow.
UW-Eau Claire has a bike program for Blugolds to participate in. For a fee, you can rent a bike to use for the day, week, weekend, semester or even year to reduce your carbon footprint on campus. In addition to bike rentals, we also offer bike lockers and bike/longboard service.
The Bouldering Wall is located in the Hilltop Recreation Center and is free to students, and faculty/staff. Bouldering is a form of rock climbing that does not require ropes or harnesses and takes place on an artificial surface that is less that 14 feet high.
For climbing enthusiasts or those interested in learning, we have a fully operating climbing wall. With indoor and outdoor programs, you and your friends can sign up for classes to practice the basics, refine your skills or just have fun. Fees do apply.
UWEC’s disc golf course consists of nine holes that are played much like traditional golf. The course is open every day, year round. Grab your friends and have some fun!
EAC offers stand-up paddle boarding classes for students. This three-hour class is designed to introduce and expose participants to sufficient skills and knowledge so they can enjoy the sport in a calm, flat-water setting.
A ropes course is a great way for participants to build problem solving, communication, decision making and trust skills as well as gain a strong sense of self worth and accomplishment. EAC offers programs for university groups and outside community members. The course has challenges ranging from 2 feet off the ground to over 30 feet.
Leave your outdoor equipment at home. The EAC Rental Program has everything you could ever need for your next outdoor adventure. For a small fee you can rent equipment such as tents, sleeping bags, paddle boards and bikes. The Rental Shop is located behind the Bouldering Wall in the Hilltop Recreation Center.